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Chris Beyrer, MD

  • Desmond M. Tutu Professor of Public Health and Human Rights
  • Professor

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Suite E7152
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

410 614-8371

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MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1991
MD, SUNY Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn, 1988


HIV/AIDS preventive interventions, including HIV vaccine clinical trials and preparedness studies. Epidemiology and molecular epidemiology of HIV. Substance use and narcotics reaserch. Public health and human rights.

Honors and Awards

Elected, Institute of Medicine, 2014.   President, International AIDS Society (IAS), 2014-16.  2000, Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society, Alpha Chapter, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore; Recipient, 1999 Charlotte Silverman Fund Award for Epidemiology and Policy, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health; Nominee, 1999, for the First Jonathan Mann Prize in Health and Human Rights; Winner, 1988 Lowell E. Bellin Award for Excellence in Preventive Medicine and Community Health. S.U.N.Y Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn; Recipient, Dr. Michael Kenny International Fellowship Fund Grant for study in India, 1987; Elected, Alpha Omega Alpha, S.U.N.Y. Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn, 1987; Elected, Phi Beta Kappa, Hobart and Wm. Smith Colleges, 1980.

  • molecular epidemiology
  • human rights
  • China
  • Burma
  • Russia
  • Thailand
  • Kazakhstan
  • HIV vaccines
  • Baral S, Trapence G, Motimedi F, Umar E, Iipinge S, Dausab F, Beyrer C. HIV prevalence, risks for HIV infection, and human rights among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Malawi, Namibia, and Botswana. PLoS ONE. 2009;4(3):e4997. Epub 2009 Mar 26.

  • Teela KC, Mullany LC, Lee CI, Poh E, Paw P, Masenior N, Maung C, Beyrer C, Lee TJ. Community-based delivery of maternal care in conflict-affected areas of eastern Burma: perspectives from lay maternal health workers. Soc Sci Med. 2009 Apr;68(7):1332-40. Epub 2009 Feb 18.

  • Beyrer C. Hidden yet happening: the epidemics of sexually transmitted infections and HIV among men who have sex with men in developing countries. Sex Transm Infect. 2008 June;84(6):410-2.

  • Beyrer C, Lee TJ. Responding to infectious diseases in Burma and her border regions. Confl. Health. 2008 Mar 14;2(1):2.

  • Saavedra J, Izazola-Licea JA, Beyrer C. Sex between men in the context of HIV: The AIDS 2008 Jonathan Mann Memorial Lecture in health and human rights. J Int AIDS Soc. 2008 Dec 24;11(1):9.